A City Hall security guard asked three black female councillors if they “were there to clean” according to a tweet by Hackney Central’s Sophie Conway.
Conway, along with Clissold’s Sade Etti and Hoxton West’s Carole Williams, were at City Hall for an event celebrating International Women’s Day last Wednesday.
— Sophie Conway (@SophieConway84) March 12, 2017
Speaking to the Hackney Gazette, Cllr Williams said: “He said it with a straight face, like when someone is trying to be a little bit funny. He was trying to make a joke but it was an incredibly inappropriate joke.”
Williams was also quick to highlight the racial element of the story on Twitter.
What happened on Friday is indicative of a wider issue about the role of women in society and the perceptions and images of black women
— Carole Williams (@carolewilliams) March 15, 2017
City Hall told the Hackney Gazette they are investigating the incident.